Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Freebie - Special Star Wars Anniversary Edition

For those of you not on a first name basis with the Sith Lord, today is a special day for Star Wars. On this day, 30 years ago, the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV) opened in the United States. Since then, it's been a defining force in our culture, and the phenomenon continues today. So, keeping this in mind, I felt that a special Star Wars edition of the Friday Freebie was in order.

Not many things in the Star Wars universe are free. Turns out, George Lucas has really cornered the market on getting money out of people for the same thing over and over again. But if you look hard enough, you can find something cool that doesn't cost a dime.

So what is a fanboy to do when you want to show your love for all things Star Wars, in vehicle form, but can't scrape up the cash for one of those fancy Lego kits or some "official" Hasbro goodness? You make one yourself out of paper. See, you can find anything on the internet:

The Movie Paper Craft Gallery is your stop when you want to make a Star Wars model on the cheap. They have kits for all your favorite vehicles, including the massive AT-AT (shown above), the even more massive Imperial Star Destroyer, and everyones favorite, the Millennium Falcon. All you need to supply is paper, scissors, tape, glue, and a hell of a lot of patience.

These kits certainly aren't easy, but making something this complex out of paper is pretty cool. Not to mention, you're wallet is not $50 lighter, which is always a plus. So take your time, and have some fun with them.

There's even more Star Wars fun to come, so be sure to check back at the Atomic Playground later in the day for the main course. Until then, start folding!

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